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Old 12-24-2008, 05:10 PM
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STI Spartan Reviews




Does any one have a Spartan or have shot one. I am looking for my first 1911 and dont want to spend a whole lot of money.
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Old 12-24-2008, 06:38 PM
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Hello: Buy one you will love it. I have one and use it for IDPA and USPSA. They are very well made and the frame fit is execellent. I replaced the front sight and added a S&A magwell. I use Wilson 47D's and it eats any ammo I feed it. Do a search and you will get lots more info on them. Thanks, Eric
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Old 12-25-2008, 04:51 PM
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Had one about a year

Maybe 6 or 7 thousand rounds through it. I really do like it buuuut- its gonna need to start running for a while. About the time I think I have it running it chokes. Broke the rear sight twice. First time bad part, second time may have been caused by a poorly fitted firing pin stop which would make it my fault. Had trouble getting it to run when new but a 17.5 pound recoil spring seemed to help it get back into battery better. Finely sent it back to Chris at STI. He fixed the sight the second time, refit a new firing pin stop, and I think he replaced the barrel link and slide stop. He did a good job with the firing pin stop and link. The slide stop was so tight my mags follower would not push it up. I stuck a stainless SA stop I had in it and it works fine now. Ran about 750 rounds through it and it stopped running again. Failure to go into battery. Had about 3K on the 17.5 recoil spring so replaced it and has ran about 300 rounds since OK. I really like the feel of this gun but about done smithing and troubleshooting this thing. I really prefer to shoot. I do think they are a lot of gun for the money.
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:48 PM
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Got's a question. Is the STI Spartan the same 1911 as RIA's Match 5" ?
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Old 12-25-2008, 06:25 PM
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Some parts to both made in Philippines --the Spartan had an LPA rear sight and STI fire control group. Don't know what the RIA has.
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Old 01-02-2009, 08:55 PM
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hi , the spartan and ria are different internally but i think the slide,frame and barrel are the same. It's made by armscor of the philippines. i have a spartan and i'm very happy with it.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:46 AM
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Added SA magwell, Dawson .090 front, hardchrome frame, polymer coated slide. 6K and running great. Best deal going hands down.
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:10 AM
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hi , the spartan and ria are different internally but i think the slide,frame and barrel are the same. It's made by armscor of the philippines. i have a spartan and i'm very happy with it.
I know frame design of other STI models is proprietary. I think STI calls it the 1912 pattern. Since the Spartan is built on Armscor's 1911-pattern frame, can you use non-STI parts aftermarket parts for this pistol?
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:04 PM
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Gosh I hope so I have a bunch in mine. Perhaps you are thinking of the 2011 which I think STI refers to their double stack composite frame models?
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:42 PM
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I know frame design of other STI models is proprietary. I think STI calls it the 1912 pattern.
Only the 2011 double stack frame is proprietary and then it's only an issue for the trigger, pins, mainspring housing, and magazines. The safeties, hammer, sear, disconnector, main spring, mainspring cap, strut, guide rod, and recoil spring are the same.. Their 1911 frames will take any quality 1911 part.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:01 PM
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I have a spartan i purchased a couple weeks ago, i love the thing. put about 650 rounds through it. only probs ive had were magazine related. I will eventually add a SA magwell to it and a set of ambi's.
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:07 PM
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The Spartan thing has pretty much been discussed here ad-nauseum. It's a 1911 assembled in the Philipines by Armscor using their frame, slide and barrel. All of the other parts are STI with the exception of he Dawson FO front sight. It has the same lifetime warranty as their 1911s and doublestacks. It doesn't have the greatest finish, but for $600 you get a pistol with the same features of a $1K pistol. It's a great value for the money.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:53 PM
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Hello: The front sight is not a Dawson but an aftermarket sight. Great pistol for the money. Thanks, Eric
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:53 AM
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STI Spartan

I'm new to this forum but not new to STI's. I've been lucky enough to have had the Spartan, Trogan, Rangemaster, Lawman, then on the 2011 side, the Edge & now I'm ordering the Eagle 6.0 with several upgrades. I like to shoot targets & keep for personal defense. Once I shoot approx. 400 rounds through a STI pistol I usually sell it then get another one. The buyer gets about a $200 break & I get some funds to buy another one. Works out good for both parties.
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:19 PM
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Hello: You sell them after 400 rounds? I have over 4000 rounds through my Spartan and won't sell it any time soon It will be going to Double Tap and shooting over 300 rounds in 2 days next month. Thanks, Eric
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:32 PM
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Spartan review

I've shot many rounds but never got into the thousands other than spending.
This is great information as it shows the dependability of the Spartan. You have a great weekend & shoot for the thrill of it!
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:51 AM
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Hey all new guy here!

Im glad you all have had such great luck with your Spartans. Im un happy with mine due to the fact the trigger is horrible. Like dangerous horrible. There is no positive sear breaking point. Now I don't know if this gun just squeezed through
the factory ( I love my 9mm Trojan, bought at the same time).

I bought the gun through BRAZO's should I return it to STI for trigger refit?

Thanks R.
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Old 02-14-2009, 05:37 PM
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My trigger, and most I have heard about were good out of the box. A tish heavy for me at about 6 pounds but broke very clean. If Brazos or STI will pay shipping both ways yes. Otherwise might be a wash to have a local fix expense wise. I have spent some money on mine locally and have sent it to Cris back in Texas. He is pretty good and was a fast turn around for me. Course the 50 bucks to ship kind of smarted but if I wanted cheap I would just watch someone shoot on TV. One thing I would not do would be own a dangerous gun for long. I would get it fixed or get it gone. Probably not anything major. Good luck. Mine has been running well for 2K now including the 150 this afternoon.
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:38 PM
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You do raise a good point about shipping. I'll just pop it open and do it myself, it's funny that this post reminded me that I still own Mr Spartan (deep in the handgun dungeon). I think a trip to the power custom stoning fixture will put the fight back in this 1911.

Im wondering what the sear and disconnector are really made of in this gun.

MIM or STI S-7?

I do have to say that the slide/ frame fit and barrel lockup are second to none.

Hopefully it will be a simple fix and not a hole location problem in the frame.
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Old 02-15-2009, 06:22 AM
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I stopped by the range yesterday to shoot my Trojan, and there was a guy a few bays down shooting a 1911. It ended up being a Spartan in 45, and we swapped guns for a try. The Spartan shot nice, good gun, I didn't really sit down and bench fire it but it hit where I was aiming at!

I will say that the trigger pull was a little heavy- but that is an easy fix, and since my Trojan trigger is fairly light the comparison is probably not fair. The overall fit of the gun was great, and the slide/frame fit was tight.

Nice gun though!
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